Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1972
M.A., The University of Michigan, l968
B.A., City College of New York (CUNY), l965
From The Madwoman in the Attic and the Norton Anthology of Literature by Women to Rooms of Our Own and Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism, my books focused on gender and literature. In a turn toward racial and religious issues, I published Racechanges, Poetry after Auschwitz, and Judas. Recently, in Memoir of a Debulked Woman and in my column “Living with Cancer” for the online New York Times, my writing addresses the perplexities facing cancer patients.
Selected Publications (click images for more information)
The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the 19th-Century Literary Imagination, co-authored with Sandra M. Gilbert (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979).
Shakespeare's Sisters: Feminist Essays on Women Poets, co-edited with Sandra M. Gilbert (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1979).
Women Poets, Special Double Issue of Women's Studies, co-edited with Sandra M. Gilbert (1980).
The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Tradition in English, co-edited with Sandra M. Gilbert (New York: W.W. Norton, 1985; revised second edition 1996).
A Guide to "The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Tradition in English", co-authored with Sandra M. Gilbert (New York: W.W. Norton, 1985; revised second edition 1996).
The Female Imagination and the Modernist Aesthetic, co-edited with Sandra M. Gilbert (New York: Gordon and Breach, 1986); also published as a Special Double Issue of Women's Studies (Vol. 13, no. 1 & 2 (1986).
The War of the Words, Volume I of No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, co-authored with Sandra M. Gilbert (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988).
Sexchanges, Volume II of No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, co-authored with Sandra M. Gilbert (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989).
For Adult Users Only: The Dilemma of Violent Pornography, co-edited with Joan Hoff (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989)
English Inside and Out: The Places of Literary Criticism, Papers from the 50th Meeting of the English Institute, co-edited with Jonathan Kamholtz (New York: Routledge 1993).
Letters from the Front, Volume III of No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, co-authored with Sandra M. Gilbert (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994).
MotherSongs: Poetry by, for, and about Mothers, edited with Sandra M. Gilbert and Diana O'Hehir (New York: W.W. Norton, 1995).
Masterpiece Theatre: An Academic Melodrama, co-authored with Sandra M. Gilbert (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1995).
Excerpts from the above appear in such collections as The Feminist Reader, ed. Catherine Belsey and Jane Moore; Criticism: Major Statements, ed. Charles Kaplan and William Anderson; Feminisms: Gender and Literary Studies, ed. Robyn R. Warhol and Diane Price Herndl; Dekonstrucktiver Feminismus: Literaturwissenschaft in Amerika, ed. Barbara Vinken, etc.
Also see Making Feminist History: The Literary Scholarship of Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, ed. William E. Cain (New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1994).
Racechanges: White Skin, Black Face (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997). A Selection of Reader’s Subscription Book Club.
Critical Condition: Feminism at the Turn of the Century (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000). A Selection of Reader’s Subscription Book Club.
Poetry After Auschwitz: Remembering What One Never Knew (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003).
An Annotated Edition of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, with a critical introduction (New York: Harcourt Brace, 2005).
Rooms of Our Own (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006). Honorable Mention Award from Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights.
Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism: A Reader, ed. with Sandra M. Gilbert (New York: Norton, 2007).
Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, 3rd edition, ed. with Sandra M. Gilbert (New York: Norton, 2007).
Lo largo y lo corto del verso Holocausto, a Spanish translation in book form of “The Long and the Short of Holocaust Verse” (Argentina: Alcion Editora, 2007.
Judas: A Biography (New York: W. W. Norton, 2009). Listed in Magill’s Literary Annual of Best Books 2009.
True Confessions: Feminist Professors Tell Stories Out of School, edited with an Introduction (New York: W. W. Norton, 2011).
Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer (New York: W. W. Norton, 2012).
Reading and Writing Cancer (New York: W.W. Norton, forthcoming).
Selected Honors and Awards
Senior Class Council Outstanding Teaching Award, Indiana University, 1975-76
NEH Summer Stipend, 1979
The Madwoman in the Attic nominated for The Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, 1979
Co-director of NEH Summer Seminar on Feminism, Modernism, and Feminist Criticism, Summer 1981
NEH Fellowship for Independent Study and Research, 1981-82
The Pushcart Prize, 1982 (for "Blessings in Disguise")
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1983-84
Indiana Committee for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, 1985
Ms. Woman of the Year, 1985 (with 11 others)
U.S.A. Today People Who Made a Difference, 1985
Amoco Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, IU, 1986
Townsend Harris Medal, from The Alumni Association of the City College of New York, 1988
Board of Supervisors, English Institute, Harvard University, 1989-1992; Elected Chair of the Supervisors, 1991
Honorary Member of Phi Beta Kappa, City College's Gamma Chapter, 1990
Director, NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, 1991
IU Office of Women's Affairs Distinguished Scholar Award, 1991
IU College of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Scholar Award, 1992
NEH Fellowship for Independent Study and Research, 1994-95
PMLA Advisory Committee, 1994-6
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Virginia Foundation Institute on Violence, Culture, and Survival, Spring 1999
Resident, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center, May 11-June 9, 2001
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellowship, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, September 2001-May 2002
IU Trustees Teaching Award, 2002
The Faculty Mentor Award, from the IU Graduate and Professional Student Organization, 2003
Resident, The Bogliasco Foundation's Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, April 19-May 20, 2004
IU College Arts and Humanities Institute Fellowship, Spring 2005
IU New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Fellowship, Spring 2006
University of Kansas’ Holmes Institute, Director, June, 2008
University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Science’s Alumni Fellow Award, 2008
The President’s Award in Excellence, IU, 2010
Elected member, The American Philosophical Society, 2011
National Book Critic Circle’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013
Elected Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013
Natalie Davis Spingarn Writers Award from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, 2014